A home network or a home area network is a link that connects multiple devices (usually a computer, Xbox, Wii, a laptop, and printer) to get them all working under one internet connection. The other function is for all the devices under one network to be connected in a way so that all files made or stored on one device can be shared with the others in the virtual loop. The term “home” is actually a misnomer since a “home network” is not necessarily something exclusively found or operated within a home. This term is used in a collective way in order to classify multiple devices within close proximity of each other under one umbrella.
There are actually two ways to get all your tech hardware connected: wired (Ethernet) or wireless (Wi-Fi). The wired link, known as Ethernet, requires a lot of tinkering to accomplish and a few attempts to get done right, especially to the untrained eye.
With Wi-Fi on the other hand, you can certainly reduce the wiring and programming required.
How to Setup a Wireless Home Network
1. Sit down and consider what you need your home network to achieve. Do you need it to connect everyone through online access, to support a home-based virtual job, or, for avid gamers, to channel real-time information needed for heavy graphical exchange. Another relevant question to explore is which web services are you currently into (Hulu, Netflix, HOOQ, etc)?
2. Get a serious credible and competent Internet Service Provider (ISP) company that can do the wiring for you. Some people love to tinker, but if you don’t have enough time for this, hiring someone else to do most of the job will prove to be a great time-saver. Look for a service that’s known for their prompt work as well as their effectiveness in providing the required hardware. Lastly, yet possibly a major deciding factor, how much is your budget?
3. After the set up and installation, you will then be given options for a modem. Choose one that is for wireless routers in which all you will need to do is to plug devices into an outlet.
4. Select an area that is located in the center of your house, so that everyone inside is granted easy access to the signal without being troubled by connection weak spots. This is especially true when you want online access to run smoothly for everyone.
5. Connect your modem according to the instructions given. Make sure to check if the network devices you are getting come with manuals. If there are no written instructions available, ask the technicians to guide you. A lot of times after the network is up and running, everything that follows is this simple: connect the power jack to the power cable, the cable jack to the TV cable, and the Ethernet jack (an RJ45) to the Ethernet cable.
6. Purchase a router. This will be attached to the modem. You can also read “How to protect your router from malware” so you can stay safe from any malware or viruses.
7. When and if you get the set-up right, link the network to a computer nearest the router.
8. From there, you must be able to program your router through the CD it comes with it. Configure and set up the whole thing and connect it with any of the devices you want to interlink.
9. The finishing touch is to log into your router in its homepage online. This is where you can customize your password, even your router name.
10. Do not forget to connect all the devices.
Wiring it is advantageous for some people, because apparently, it works faster while maintaining privacy and a high level of security. It requires some of the following:
1. Some considerations to start with are (1) the areas or rooms in the house to be wired, (2) the number of ports you need or want in each of those rooms, (3) the station location for all the wires to branch out, (4) the direction that the wires spread out to, and (5) how fast the network should be, among other things.
2. Some tools and equipment are needed. Tools such as a crimping tool, a drill, a hand saw, a tester for cables. The usual equipment needed are Cat-5e or Cat-6; Single Gang Boxes; RJ45 jacks, plates and plugs; grommet for a better appearance; panel patch; an Ethernet switch; and an actual station for mounting)
3. Have someone do the whole thing, which is way easier than anything else and definitely more effective. You wouldn’t want to accidentally damage anything before you even get to reap the benefits.
If you feel confused, then here’s a video to help you out.